Students doing project outside res hall

Vermont is a special place. The Outdoor Experience Learning Community is geared toward UVM students who value connection to the natural world beyond our halls. 

This community fosters a space for continual development of self, teamwork, and leadership in an inclusive environment free of the presence and influence of alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs.



Throughout your time in this Learning Community, you will explore various parts of Vermont, cultivate a wider understanding of what is included in the phrase “outdoor experience,” and along the way make meaningful connections with your peers, mentors, and the Vermont landscape.

  • All students living in Outdoor Experience are expected to commit to Community Expectations, keeping alcohol, cannabis, other drugs—and their influences—out of our community.


Outdoor Experience is a Learning Community that appeals to students interested in learning about and engaging with the outdoors—with a specific focus on Vermont. Whether you are seeking to explore the outdoors for the first time or already have a deep connection to the natural world, our community strives to knit together a wide variety of experiences. We offer a number of community gatherings, presentations, workshops, guided outings, and self-designed experiences intended to build a diverse and engaged community, encourage self-discovery and teamwork, and promote the development of leadership skills.

In Outdoor Experience, stewardship or care to our community is a core value. As our community continues to grow, recognizing these values means we must place special attention on actions that can be disruptive to ourselves, our home, or the environment. As a member of Outdoor Experience, you agree to uphold our core values with integrity.

Students will:

  • Examine scientific and anecdotal evidence that supports the benefits of outdoor experiences on human well-being.
  • Engage in a variety of outdoor activities throughout Burlington to expand their connection to a broader community and natural settings.
  • Develop an understanding of how their identities and experiences shape their worldview and perspectives in relationship to others, within an inclusive outdoor community.


Students in their first year build community by living together in the Outdoor Experience Base Camp. Here faculty and staff hold classes and workshops, and student leaders engage in community-bonding activities. Base Camp is a multi-year housing location that intentionally connects first-year students to returners with various interests through student-led trips and skill-building opportunities.


Resident Advisor (RA): Work closely with the Outdoor Experience team as a primary resource for students to build a sense of home and support community connections and involvement. Students interested in this position should be on the lookout for RA Info Sessions in November.

Hall Council Member: A great way to have a voice and action in the Outdoor Experience community. More information about Hall Council will be available at the beginning of the fall semester.


  • Trip Leader Trips
  • Large-Scale Trips (apple-picking, ropes course)
  • Film Screening


Locations: Coolidge, Davis, Redstone, Slade, Wilks, Wing

Please check your housing contract for more specific location information.



Marty BurrowsMarty Burrows
Progam Director


Kiana BestKiana Best
Program Coordinator


Vera CottenVera Cotten
Area Coordinator


Johnathan JonesJohnathan Jones
Residence Director


Mattie SchaeferMattie Schaefer
Assistant Residence Director


Jeremy TorresJeremy Torres
Assistant Residence Director


Avery MuzikarAvery Muzikar
Office Manager


Stephanie Ashline
Office Manager


What excites us about The Outdoor Experience? We love seeing students be able to get off campus and experience areas of Vermont that are new for them. Expanding everyone’s definition of what it means to be in the outdoors, in ways as simple as sitting under a tree.



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Campus: Redstone
Buildings: Davis, Coolidge, Redstone, Slade, Wing, Wilks


Wing/Davis/Wilks Main Desk: WDW Commons - 802.656.2520
Office Manager: 802.656.7941


Wing/Davis/Wilks Mailing Address:
Student First and Last Name
Hall Name / Room Number (or box #)
486 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405



Coolidge/Redstone/Slade Main Desk: Wright Hall Lobby - 802.656.3200
Office Manager: 802.656.4155


Coolidge/Redstone/Slade Mailing Address:
Student First and Last Name
Hall Name / Room Number (or box #)
436 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405